*Japan logs largest-ever trade deficit, nudges up dollar/yen. TOKYO, April 21- Asian stock markets were subdued on Monday, as tensions in Ukraine kept investors cautious amid an absence of catalysts as several markets remained closed for the Easter holiday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched down 0.1 percent.» Read More
SYDNEY, April 2- Asian share markets were looking to extend their recent rally on Wednesday as investors chose to accentuate the positive in a mixed bag of global economic data, pressuring safe havens such as the yen and government bonds.
SYDNEY, April 2- The beleaguered yen found little reprieve in Asia early on Wednesday, the only major currency showing a clear trend as risk appetite stayed buoyant and investors continued to bet on more stimulus from China and perhaps even Japan. The New Zealand dollar fetched 89.42 yen, having scaled a 6-1/ 2 year peak of 89.91.
*China's official PMI improves, but stimulus hopes intact. *Gold, yen retreat as risk appetite returns. Major currencies and bonds continued their cautious jockeying before this week's European Central Bank meeting and U.S. jobs data.
LONDON, April 1- The yen eased on Tuesday as a hike in Japan's sales tax came into effect, although the dollar failed to gain much traction after the Federal Reserve chair defended the central bank's ultra-loose policy and highlighted slack in the economy.
SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, April 1- The yen stayed on the backfoot on Tuesday, while the dollar hovered near a two-week high versus a basket of currencies after the head of the Federal Reserve took pains to defend the central bank's ultra-loose monetary policy.
*Dollar knocked off two-week highs vs currency basket. SYDNEY, April 1- The yen stayed on the backfoot early on Tuesday, while the dollar dipped slightly after the head of the Federal Reserve took pains to defend the central bank's ultra-loose policy settings.
*Asia stocks outside Japan hit highest level in 2014. NEW YORK, March 31- Stocks in major markets rose for a fifth straight session on Monday while gold, the yen and other safety assets fell after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reinforced the need for "extraordinary" commitment to support the U.S. economy.
NEW YORK, March 31- The euro rose to a three-week high against the yen and firmed against the dollar despite softer-than-forecast inflation numbers that sapped hopes the European Central Bank will cut rates when it meets this week.
LONDON, March 31- The euro rose to a three-week high against the yen on Monday, recovering from a dip after lower than expected inflation numbers, though the European Central Bank is not expected to cut rates when it meets later this week.
Phyllis Papadavid, senior global FX strategist at BNP Paribas CIB, says the Bank of Japan will look to push the yen lower to help the country's economy, making long dollar/yen an attractive trade.
*Hopes of China stimulus keeping risk demand buoyant. SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, March 31- The yen struggled to gain traction versus the dollar and touched a fresh six-year low against the New Zealand dollar on Monday as demand for the safe-haven currency waned amid hopes of more stimulus from China.
*Hopes of China stimulus keeping risk demand buoyant. SYDNEY, March 31- The yen stayed on the defensive early on Monday, reaching a fresh six-year low on the New Zealand dollar as demand for the safe-haven currency waned amid hopes of more stimulus from China. The kiwi rose as far as 89.23 yen, a level not seen since November 2007.
NEW YORK, March 28- The dollar edged lower against the euro on Friday while rising against the yen on greater investor risk appetite after comments from a Chinese official indicated the government could implement a fresh round of stimulus.
NEW YORK, March 27- The dollar edged higher against the euro and the yen on Thursday after upbeat U.S. employment data, while the New Zealand dollar hit its highest in more than 2-1/ 2 years on economic data and hints the country's central bank could raise interest rates.
*New Zealand dollar hovers near 2 1/ 2- yr high. NEW YORK, March 27- The dollar edged higher against the euro and the yen on Thursday after upbeat U.S. economic data, while the New Zealand dollar hovered near a 2-1/ 2- year high after economic data and hints that the country's central bank could raise interest rates.
*Yen helped marginally by renewed Ukraine concerns, U.S. data. TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, March 27- The euro held steady near recent lows versus the dollar on Thursday after comments from European Central Bank officials revived speculation about further monetary easing to stave off potential deflation.
*Yen helped marginally by renewed Ukraine concerns, U.S. data. TOKYO, March 27- The euro was on the defensive on Thursday after comments from European Central Bank officials this week raised fresh speculation on further monetary easing to stave off potential deflation.
*China stimulus potential boosts emerging market currencies. President Barack Obama reignited geopolitical concerns surrounding Ukraine, while the potential for fresh stimulus from China boosted emerging market currencies.
Seijiro Takeshita, director of Mizuho International, says exporters will have a "good time" with the weakening of the yen.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will see his biggest challenge to date next week with a hike in the sales tax. But as Kaori Enjoji reports, the success of Abenomics will depend on structural reforms.